A few weeks ago Steven invited me to join him, David and Norman for a run on the West Highland Way as they wanted to check out the route for the Midsummer Highland Relay they have entered which is part of the West Highland Way Race.
Initially they were going to do an out and back but Katrina very kindly offered to join us so we could cover 25miles from Glencoe to Fort William. This meant that we did the second two legs. David is doing the first leg from Tyndrum to Glencoe.
David has supported me on the West Highland Way so knows the route but for Steven and Norman it was their first time on this special trail.
We met at our house just before 8am and drove up a little squashed in our Corsa. We set off from Glencoe about 9.50am after the all important photo ….
It was an overcast day with a light drizzle but I never put my jacket on so it wasn’t too bad. Katrina then drove up to Fort William for a coffee then she set off to run back up the trail to meet us around Lundavra.
… and the profile …
Norman is going to run the second leg from Glencoe to Kinlochleven so he was paying particular attention to the route. He basically has a 4.5mile runnable section then the climb up the Devil’s staircase and then the run down to Kinlochleven.
Steven ran 3.25.28 at the Virgin London Marathon and is now training for the Edinburgh Marathon so was going really well.
It was quite misty at the top of the Devil’s Staircase ….
We went past a group of cyclists who are cycling the West Highland Way. It didn’t look much fun to me! I wondered whether they might catch us later on but we never saw them again.
This is my last longer run before the HM 110 so I was keen to work my quads on the downhill sections. I was really pleased with how they felt running into Kinlochleven. All this runs up and down Ben Lomond are paying off!
We had a few minutes break at Kinlochleven and then set off for Lundavra and Fort William. Steven is doing this leg so he was keen to see what it looked and felt like.
We climbed steadily up the hill and reached the top in 25mins or so. We then ran as much as we could along the Lairig Mor. David who recently got married hasn’t run much for the last few weeks was feeling a bit sore especially in his calves and foot.
I was really enjoying myself and felt very comfortable. My Hokas are so good on that rocky ground over the Lairig Mor. I can hardly feel the stones!
Norman and myself were pushing the pace but David and Steven weren’t too far behind. About half a mile before Lundavra we saw Katrina coming towards us looking happy!
Another quick stop at Lundavra where Steven said that this is now the furthest he has ever run in one go. I took a photo just after Lundavra …
As we ran through the open area that used to be a forest we paused to ask a couple of walkers to take a group photo …
Once we got to the top of the fire road I was keen to see how my legs felt on the long decent to Fort William. I’m pleased to say they felt great! I really feel I’m ready to tackle those hills on the second half of the Hardmoors route in a few weeks time!
Norman ran down with me and the others weren’t too far behind. There was one small section on the fire road that is being worked out. The path was blocked off and an alternative route given but we went past the fence and stayed on the path as we figured no-one would be working on today!
We ran along the road and into the leisure centre where we had a shower! We stopped at Tyndrum and enjoyed fish and chips in the Real Food cafe.
So a great day out was had by all! Thanks for your company Steven, David and Norman and a specially thanks to Katrina for coming with us so that we didn’t have to do an out and back!
Here are our splits for the day …